PBA: Lalaban tayo hanggang sa huli -- Aces coach Compton

ANTIPOLO -- Down 0-2 in a best-of-five semifinals series against the best and most star-studded team in the league, Alaska could’ve waived the white flag. But the Aces aren’t going down without a fight. Faced against overwhelming odds, Alaska stood its ground and made giant San Miguel Beer know that if it wants to advance into the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals the Beermen must go through them first. Even with their import Diamon Simpson playing hurt, the Aces blew out San Miguel, 125-104, to deny the Beermen a series sweep and live to fight another day Friday at the Ynares Sports Center here. “I thought everybody contributed at a time where, obviously, we’re still down, at a time we’re very down,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton, whose bench produced 71 points. “To tell you what guys, I love my guys. You heard me say it before I love my guys they don’t give up.” “We’re down 2-0 against the best team in the league, there’s every possibility to give up but they didn’t,” he added. The Aces dropped the series’ first two games including a painful Game 2 loss where Alaska squandered a 16-point lead. Ahead by nine points in at the half in Game 3, Alaska this time kept its hold of the lead and even extended it to 17 heading into the payoff period for a comfortable cushion. “Yun ang hiningi ko sa kanila, ‘lalaban tayo hanggang sa huli’. Lumaban sila,” said Compton. “You know we have to play great to beat San Miguel, I thought we played great tonight.” The mentor also praised his wards for stepping up as Simpson played with a sprained ankle he sustained in Game 2.     “I’m really proud of the guys when I had to sub him out when he looked like he was really hurt in the second quarter,” Compton said. “They were able to maintain and even at point extend our lead a little bit.” Vic Manuel delivered 24 points while Simpson still managed to score 21 markers and grab 13 boards. JV Casio also contributed with 15 markers while Simon Enciso flirted with a double-double with 10 points and eight assists in a time Alaska need all the help it could get. “It just feels like it was one of our days. Alam naman naming na doon sa kabila hindi biro ang bigat ng kalaban but we got one and we needed to get one,” said Compton. Now Alaska has a chance to get back in the series and take an equalizer on Sunday in Game 4.         ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJul 20th, 2018

PBA: No regrets for Vic Manuel as Alaska ousted from Commissioner s Cup

Vic Manuel's magical Commissioner's Cup run is over. Emerging as one of the top offensive threats for the Alaska Aces, he scored 20 points in 11 straight games, including a career-high 35 markers against the Magnolia Hotshots. His flawless moves on the post have been a revelation, mentored by one of the best centers the league has ever had, Danny Ildefonso. During the eliminations, the 'Muscle Man' normed 24.2 ppg on 58.2 FG%, 6.4 rpg, and 0.9 apg, which made him a frontrunner for the Best Player of the Conference award. However, things started to change in the semis where his 20-point streak was cut short abruptly in Game 1 against San Miguel, where he just tallied 16 points.  Not a bad outing, really.  Unfortunately for Manuel, it became a turning point in the race which counts statistics through the semifinals, thus elevating reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo to the overall leader in the tally, including a 26-point, 12-rebound, two-assist, two-block performance in the series closer. For Manuel, an earlier exit than what he had expected was not a problem for him, as he proved himself to one of being the most feared weapons of coach Alex Compton's balanced attack. "Pero yun nga sabi ko, proud talaga ko sa team namin, sa mga teammates ko, lahat kami nagtulong tulong kasi hindi lang naman ako. Lahat kami nagtulong tulong para makarating dito." "Masaya na ako, naipakita ko. Okay na ako doon. Yun nga sabi ko, nakapasok kami sa semis. Kahit na na-short kami. Ayun lang kuntento na ako. Masaya na ako," the hulking forward added after the game. With key guys like Calvin Abueva (suspension), minutes and assists leader Chris Banchero (family emergency) and original import Antonio Campbell (called up to play in the NBA Summer League), Manuel was proud his team was able to hold the fort and fought tooth-and-nail against the reigning champs. Despite the great performance this conference, the 6'4 forward dispelled questions that his showing has elevated him to the upper echelon, vowing to keep grinding until he proves himself otherwise and avoids injury. Being one of the focal points of the Alaska offense in their rough-and-tumble semis, Manuel was given the go-signal by coaches Compton and Ildefonso to pace the attack, and that has given him a renewed sense of pride for himself. Now that his Commissioner's Cup journey is over, Manuel hopes to be included in the national team's replacement squad for the second window of the FIBA Qualifiers and finally don the 'Pilipinas' jersey for five-on-five, full-court basketball. "Bakit hindi? Syempre tutulong tayo sa bansa natin. Ready lang ako kung tatawagin nila ako. Syempre willing naman ako para maglaro sa Pilipinas. Sa 3x3 nga, ininvite nila ako naglaro ako, doon pa sa Gilas? Syempre, mas masarap maglaro sa 5-on-5, alam natin yun." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Riding high again, Team Lakay lauded by ONE chairman as best team in Asia

At the end of 2017, Benguet-based MMA stable Team Lakay found themselves on a bit of a downslide. After riding high for the latter part of 2016 and most of 2017, the team absorbed a number of bitter losses, including the KO loss that cost Eduard Folayang his ONE Championship Lightweight world title. Now, a little over seven months into 2018, Team Lakay is once again reaching new heights. 2018 saw flyweight star Geje Eustaquio become the interim flyweight world champion in January, and then unify the titles against Adriano Moraes in June. Friday at ONE: Reign of Kings in Manila, Team Lakay gained another world champion in bantamweight knockout artist Kevin Belingon, who defeated two-division world champion Martin Nguyen to become the interim ONE Championship Bantamweight World Champion. Team Lakay is also home to reigning BRAVE FC Bantamweight World Champion Stephen Loman. Already with three current world champions in their stable, it’s highly likely that there’s more to come. Former champions Folayang and Honorio Banario are currently tearing it up in the lightweight division, and both of them are very much in the title picture. Strawweight standout and former title contender Joshua Pacio is on a solid streak of his own, with three straight wins via stoppage. The 22-year old could be getting another crack at the championship again soon. While names like Edward Kelly, Danny Kingad, Gina Iniong, and April Osenio are also all part of the top-tier of their respective divisions. It’s shaping up to be yet another banner year for Team Lakay, and head coach Mark Sangiao saw it coming. After all, bouncing back isn’t anything new for the Philippines’ most prestigious MMA team. “Mayroon yung mga time, nasabi ko nung huli, nung unang mga ONE, matatalo kami ng 0-5, pero pinilit namin.” Coach Mark said during the post-fight press conference, Friday evening. “Tinignan namin talaga yung mga kulang, yung mga weak side nila, tapos na-improve hanggang sa bumawi kami, same with sa 2016.” 2016 saw Team Lakay go on a 16-fight winning streak, and then in November of that year, Folayang captured the ONE lightweight crown after dethroning long-time champion Shinya Aoki. “Tapos pumunta sa 2017, medyo may mga nag-pabaya.” Sangiao bared. “Nasabi ko nung huli na babalik yung team na mas-malakas pa.” True enough, Team Lakay has managed to bounce back and has gained even more prestige in the last couple of months. In fact, ONE Championship founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong has even gone so far as to say that he believes Team Lakay is the best team there is in Asia. “ I have massive respect for all fight teams, but I believe there is no question that Team Lakay is now the #1 fight team in Asia today.” Sityodtong said in a Facebook post. “Despite a very modest budget and limited resources, Mark Sangiao has produced one of the best fight teams in the world. Every fighter on Team Lakay is a genuine monster with outstanding skills, unlimited cardio, and extraordinary gameness.” High praise from the head honcho himself, and the owner of Evolve MMA in Singapore, another one of Asia's most talent-laden MMA stables. With all the success that the team is enjoying now, it’s up to them to keep the momentum going. They've been low, and now they're on a high. There's no doubt that they possess the talent, the skills, and the heart to go even higher......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

PVL: Lady Tams gore Lady Red Spikers for back-to-back wins

Far Eastern University recovered from a second set meltdown to capture its second straight win at the expense of debuting San Beda University, 25-16, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Celine Domingo played her best game so far, stepping up on offense to put up a personal conference-high 22 points in a great display of her scoring prowess. Domingo tallied 15 kills, with four kill blocks and three aces lead the Lady Tamaraws, who kept their hold of the lead with a 2-0 win-loss slate. After dominating the opening set, FEU got into trouble in the second frame with the Lady Red Spikers tightening up on their defense at the net and hitter Nieza Viray finding her range. The Lady Tams adjusted in the third and fourth with Domingo, the UAAP Season 80 Best Blocker, punishing San Beda with her connection with setter Kyle Negrito, who finished with 21 excellent sets.      “Yung middle attack naming (nawala). Kailangan 'yung passing namin, mag-connect between the setter and the middle. Noong huli, noong nag-connect, gumanda 'yung flow ng laro ulit,”said FEU coach George Pascua, who is looking to steer the Lady Tams into the throne after a runner-up finish in the same tournament last year.  Ebon Lycha scored 10 while Jerrili Malabanan had nine markers for the Lady Tams. Viray finished with 17 points while Jiezela Viray got 12 for San Beda, which saw its top hitter and team captain Cesca Racraquin held down to only five markers.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Compton hopes resolute Aces become inspiration to the little guys

There was nothing more head coach Alex Compton could ask for the Aces, who did everything they could in a 104-99 loss to the San Miguel Beermen, who advanced to the finals yet again.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

‘We have another chance’

ANTIPOLO---Doing things right the whole game for the first time this week, Alaska gave its confidence a huge boost and pumped life in its PBA Commissioner's Cup campaign after a 125-104 ripping of defending champion San Miguel Beer in Game 3 of their Final Four series at Ynares Center here. It was the highest scoring game in the series for the Aces, who forged a Game 4 slated Sunday after getting 24 points from the flu-stricken Vic Manuel coming off the bench and 21 points and 13 boards from import Diamon Simpson. "We got one [win] and that's all we needed [coming into this game]. Now we have another chance," Alaska coach Alex Compton said. "Today just kind of felt like our day...Keep on reading: ‘We have another chance’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Alaska stays alive after commanding Game 3 win over San Miguel

ANTIPOLO---Doing things right the whole game for the first time this week, Alaska gave its confidence a huge boost and pumped life in its PBA Commissioner's Cup campaign after a 125-104 ripping of defending champion San Miguel Beer in Game 3 of their Final Four series at Ynares Center here. It was the highest scoring game in the series for the Aces, who forged a Game 4 slated Sunday after getting 24 points from the flu-stricken Vic Manuel coming off the bench and 21 points and 13 boards from import Diamon Simpson. "We got one (win) and that's all we needed (coming into this game). Now we have another chance," Alaska coach Alex Compton said. "Today just kind of felt like our d...Keep on reading: Alaska stays alive after commanding Game 3 win over San Miguel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

PBA: No changing anything for Vic Manuel even after foul-plagued Game 2

At one point in the ongoing 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Vic Manuel scored 20 points or more for 11 games in a row. That personal hot streak put up his conference averages at 24 points in 58 percent shooting on top of 6.4 rebounds. In Game 2 of Alaska’s semifinals series against defending champion San Miguel on Monday, however, the frontrunner for Best Player of the Conference was held down to just 15 points and three rebounds in only 22 minutes. Much of his impact came in the second half when the Beermen made their run. “Three fouls kasi ako agad kaya inupo na ako ni coach second quarter pa lang tas medyo matagal ako nagpahinga. Siguro, mali kong nagkaroon ako ng tatlong foul nang maaga,” he told reporters post-game. He then continued, “Kahit papaano, nakatulong pa rin ako, pero kinapos pa rin kami.” Indeed, Manuel’s 14 points in the last 15 minutes of the game proved too little, too late and the Aces fell, 94-105, onto a 0-2 hole in the best-of-five series. Even though he was unable to play up to his standards because of foul trouble, the burly forward said he will not be changing anything about his game for the next game. “Sa Game 3, mas magiging aggressive ako,” he said, full of confidence. He then continued, “Sabi naman nila coach na kung anong ginagawa ko, i-continue ko lang at wag kong baguhin. Basta focused lang ako lalo sa susunod na game.” After all, Alaska will need their top gun to take the lead in the fight as they try to stay alive in the conference. “Basta kami, pagdating ng Game 3, lalaban pa rin kami. Ngayong Game 2, kinapos lang kami, pero ‘di pa rin kami susuko,” he expressed. He then continued, “’Di namin basta-basta ibibigay yung Game 3 at yung series na ‘to.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

PBA: After ordeal, Jeron Teng happy to be helping Alaska on the court again

Monday night in their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Game 2 loss to San Miguel, Jeron Teng finished with 13 points, three rebounds, and three assists in 21 minutes for the Alaska Aces. And while it was a loss that pushed Alaska to the brink of elimination, head coach Alex Compton saw a bit of a silver lining in Teng’s performance. “I thought he did a great job. It's been a crazy time for Jeron but for him to start to get his timing back and play more, be in better shape, I don't think you would think that Jeron got stabbed a month ago and we'd be worried about his life at the hospital.” A little over a month ago, Teng, along with former DLSU teammates Thomas Torres and Norbert Torres were involved in a scuffle that led to all three getting deep lacerations.  Teng’s perfomance in Game 2 was his best since the unfortunate incident. “If you watched the game and didn't know the situation, you would have never thought that that happened. To be able to play 21 minutes and mix it up, I thought it was great.” Compton added. Indeed, it has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Teng, but more than anything, he’s just thankful to be on the floor and contributing again. “Well siyempre, after the incident, sarap lang talaga maglaro ng basketball ulit, I’m just happy I’m back again, playing and helping my teammates.” And while he did put up solid numbers, Teng believes that he could do more, especially now that their backs are against the wall. “Next game lang, we just have to play better. I have to play better parin kasi siyempre we lost, may mga points of improvement pa ako from this game, and it’s another experience from me.” As thankful as he was to be back on the court again, Teng also expressed his gratitude to the Alaska organization, who has been with him through all of this. “Siyempre it feels great, with the incident, the whole Alaska organization was behind me talaga, they supported me, they visited me, even si Boss [Wilfred] Uytengsu and yung mga coaches, they visited me in the hospital and they’re really supportive with what happened and the case na on-going, so sobrang thankful ko talaga sa kanila, sa buong Alaska organization.” Now, with the bitter memories of that fateful night in BGC behind him, Teng is just hungry to win and hopefully to help his team to a title. “Ako, gustong-gusto ko talaga maka-abot ng finals eh, mag-champion.” For Teng, a title would help remove the sting of the ordeal. “After ng incident, siguro pag nag-champion kami, makakalimutan ko na yun.” It’s going to be an uphill battle for Teng and the Aces to even come close to a finals berth however, as they’re now down 2-0 in a best-of-five series against the defending champions. Teng and the Aces face San Miguel in Game 3 on Wednesday, July 18th at the Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

PBA: Chris Banchero misses Game 1 due to significant family emergency

It has been a tough few weeks for Chris Banchero. Over a month since losing his best friend, Alaska's leader in minutes missed Game 1 due to a 'significant family emergency', per Aces head coach Alex Compton.  Banchero left practice immediately and went home yesterday, but Compton did not elaborate over the specifics of the 'emergency'. "We're trying to respect his privacy and his space, but we got the news right at the end of practice yesterday. You know, Chris leads us in minutes played. He's one of our key pressure guys," the mentor said. "So our thoughts, our love and support are with him. But it's a family matter and we're going to leave it at that. But, I hope none of us go through it. That's all I can say." While there is not yet a definite timetable for his return, Compton and team management agree on one thing, let the Fil-Italian handle a private moment in his life. "Alaska's family's first. And this is not a questions. Dickie and I were talking. It's just hard. It's just hard. This is our jobs, but life is really bigger than basketball." Even though they lost one of the team's glue guys, the league leader in assists, Alaska vows to play even without him. "He's been doing a great job, and he's been one of our leaders. Our jobs don't stop. We have got to play them. We got to find a way to be great, try to find a way to be great. "   ___   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Stakes raised in semis clash

There's a lot at stake for both San Miguel Beer and Alaska when they start their best-of-five Final Four series in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Saturday night, with the Beermen having a dynasty to protect and the Aces needing to bury a haunted past.   "I wouldn't say that it's a motivation, but it's in there," Alaska coach Alex Compton told the Inquirer recently when asked if that fateful 2016 Philippine Cup title series, where the Aces blew a 3-0 lead to lose in the best-of-seven playoffs, is still in their minds.   "Would it be sweet beating them (Beermen)? Yes, simply because they're the best team in the league. And for us, that's enough motivation," he said...Keep on reading: Stakes raised in semis clash.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Compton: Alaska will be motivated by more than just quest for redemption vs SMB

  Alex Compton and his Alaska Aces have waited more than two years for this chance to come again, for them to once and for all be able to bury the ghost of the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup Finals collapse which ultimately gave birth to San Miguel's "Beer-acle." So when Compton watched at ringside on Wednesday night and saw how the Beermen sewed up a Final Four clash with his Alaska crew in the Commissioner's Cup, a fair question to ask the Aces coach was: "Would redemption be the biggest driving force for you in this series?" Compton sounded sincere enough when he said that it wasn't. "Will it be sweet beating them?" Compton asked the Inquirer. "Of course it will be, beca...Keep on reading: Compton: Alaska will be motivated by more than just quest for redemption vs SMB.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Aces sew up playoff bonus

There was so much to be happy about as far as Alaska coach Alex Compton is concerned. New import Diamon Simpson injected a fresh dose of energy into the Aces with the playoffs just around the corner and rookie Jeron Teng is back on the court in full health. Simpson gave the Aces a much-needed boost in the 114-91 rout of Phoenix Friday night in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at Cuneta Astrodome. "I like our energy going into the playoffs," Compton said after Alaska clinched the other twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. "I'm just happy that we played this way after getting a new import in just a short notice," Compton added. Compton was also glad to have Teng back ...Keep on reading: Aces sew up playoff bonus.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

PBA: At last, Alaska has broken the coach Yeng-NLEX curse

Alaska was winless against NLEX ever since Yeng Guiao has been sitting in the coach’s chair in 2016. That’s six straight games without a win spanning two seasons and seven conferences. That was until Friday at the MOA Arena. Behind Vic Manuel’s seventh straight 20-point game and Antonio Campbell’s red-hot shooting, the Aces finally downed the Guiao-coached Road Warriors, 120-111. It almost wasn’t meant to be, though, as Alaska found itself down by five early in the final frame before Campbell came up big. “We’re really fortunate to make plays in the end,” head coach Alex Compton expressed post-game. That the Aces, now winners of seven straight, were pushed to the limit by an NLEX side without both Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas was just another proof of Guiao’s coaching prowess. “Coach Yeng has six championships, he’s a great coach. You don’t know how relieved I am (with this win),” their always amiable mentor candidly said. Without a doubt, the conference has been kind to Compton and his wards – not only did their latest win get the coach Yeng-NLEX monkey off their back, it also kept them as frontrunners for a top two finish for the quarterfinals. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Staying focused

  Alaska coach Alex Compton doesn't want the team's off-court issues standing in their way, more so with the Aces riding a hot streak. "We just need to stay focused and not let ourselves get distracted," said Compton as they resume their drive for a top two berth in the PBA Commissioner's Cup. "We're having a good run and hopefully we can keep it up." Compton and his crew have done a tremendous job at that even with the indefinite suspension that management slapped on superstar forward calvin Abueva and rookie sensation Jeron Teng getting stabbed last week outside a bar. Alaska will be putting the tournament's longest winning streak---six games---on the line against ...Keep on reading: Staying focused.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

PBA: Now, we’re seeing ‘Muscleman’ Vic Manuel at full strength

Alaska won for the sixth straight game following a loss to open the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. They also won for the second straight game without Calvin Abueva who is tending to personal matters. With under eight minutes remaining on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum, however, that didn’t look like it was going to be the case as the Aces lost an 11-point lead and were trailing a desperate Magnolia side by four. Good thing for Alaska that Vic Manuel wasn’t going to let them lose. “I don’t think we started out well in this game, but in the end, Vic Manuel,” head coach Alex Compton shared with reporters post-game. He then continued, “I don’t know what to say. He went off.” The 30-year-old forward dropped 17 of his career-high 35 points in the final frame to make sure his team’s streak stretched to six even without Abueva as well as key reserves Jeron Teng and Carl Bryan Cruz. Most of those points in the pivotal period came at the expense of Rafi Reavis. “Rafi Reavis, I don’t know if he’s the premiere post defender, or one of the best, but I have great respect for Rafi so for Vic to score against a smart, long defender like Rafi is amazing,” Compton said. Without a doubt, Manuel showed off all of his moves in the fourth, scoring at Reavis like he wasn’t a well-regarded defender. Now in his sixth season in the PBA, the pride of Nueva Ecija is finally showing off his skills in all their glory. As his mentor shared, “The big thing is just being healthy. It’s hard to play well when you’re playing with an injury so he did the physical work first.” He then continued, “You can see he has legs and that really matters.” Manuel had been battling various leg injuries in the past two years. Now that he is operating at 100 percent, he has had four games in the current conference wherein he matched or set a career-high in scoring. “Swerte lang nakakalusot. Kung si Rafi kasi bumabantay, dinadaan ko na lang siya sa bilis kasi mahaba siya e,” he said. The even better news for the Aces is that their emergent force isn’t about to stop any time soon. “Continue to play lang ako every game lalo na ngayong kulang. Kailangan kong mag-step up palagi,” he remarked --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

PBA: Danny Ildefonso is the role model for Vic Manuel

The 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup has been quite the breakthrough campaign for Vic Manuel. Manuel has long been a steady hand for Alaska, but in the current conference, he has been proving time and again that he has the capability to lead his team to a win. That was much evident on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum as dropped 17 of his career-high 35 points in the final frame to make sure his team’s streak stretched to six even without Abueva as well as key reserves Jeron Teng and Carl Bryan Cruz. With that career performance, the 30-year-old is now averaging 24.9 points in 60 percent shooting and 5.4 rebounds in the tournament. Without a doubt, that is several steps above his career norms of 9.9 points in 49.7 percent shooting and 4.7 rebounds. Aside from now being at full strength, the big difference for Manuel has been the Aces’ new big man coach Danny Ildefonso. Yes, the Danny Ildefonso who won eight championships and two MVPs. “He’s been spending a lot of time with one of the best post players in the history of the PBA,” head coach Alex Compton said. “I literally told Vic two or three years ago, isipin mo career mo and sino dapat idol mo? Maging Danny I ka.” Two or three years ago, Manuel was a key reserve for Alaska while Ildefonso was wrapping up his playing career with Meralco. Now, Ildefonso has begun his coaching career and is mentoring Manuel. For the pride of Nueva Ecija, the mentorship of a legend is the most welcome development for his career. “Sobrang laking bagay ni coach Danny. Dami kong natutunan sa kanya kasi tinututukan niya ako at lagi niya akong sinasabihan,” he said. He then continued, “Nung dumating siya, mas umangat pa yung laro ko.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

PBA: Good guy Tony dela Cruz reflects on storied career after being honored by Alaska

​After a long and storied career in the PBA, Tony dela Cruz was honored by the Alaska Aces in a special ceremony during halftime of the Aces-Magnolia Hotshots tussle at the Big Dome Sunday evening. The UC Irvine product, who was brought in by the Shell Turbo Chargers in 1999 as a direct hire, enjoyed 11 fruitful seasons with Aces before officially announcing his retirement in 2017, along with veteran sharpshooter Dondon Hontiveros. A recipient of the PBA Sportsmanship award in 2006, he could boast of a record that could be comparable to that belonging to Wilt Chamberlain. If the Big Dipper could boast that he did not foul out in his 14-year NBA career, dela Cruz could also be proud of not incurring a single technical foul throughout his PBA journey. "I’m super proud of the way I carried myself each and everyday on the court so no matter how many awards I wished I would’ve won of course, I would’ve won 20 championships and a million MVPs but it’s just the fact I know what I did in my career and the fact that I am proud of how I played each and everyday in practice, super, super like proud," the now Aces assistant coach said after the game. Also included in the halftime tribute was a video montage containing tributes from former Shell teammates Rob Wainwright, Chris Jackson, Rich Alvarez, and former team governor Bobby Kanapi. The 39-year old said that he could not contain his emotions from the messages showered upon him, and was moved by the compilation. Looking back, the 6'5” dela Cruz said that his proudest moment in the PBA was their championship win over Ginebra in 2013, and the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference Finals series win over the San Miguel Beermen, where he played with sore eyes in Game 6, the series clincher. He also recalled how he was called for his lone flagrant foul, a landing spot foul on Dennis Espino.  "I went into the commissioner’s office and he said we’re not judging you as a person, just the action and I said it was fair and I apologized to Dennis there was no harm but again, maybe I wished I would’ve gotten a couple more technicals to like feel some of my frustration but just super proud that I can look back at my career and really, really happy," he quipped. Now bringing a lot of experience to the table as an assistant coach under Alex Compton, he hopes to get better and get more experience while being on the sidelines. "I just want to continue to learn. But everyone keeps making jokes, letting me know how much weight I’ve gained but like Don Allado said, ‘You know what, I played so many seasons in the PBA, I have the right to eat whatever I want.’" "But again, I think the biggest transition is being in shape. I do wanna get out there and play with the guys sometimes but I think the biggest transition for me is wanting to be knowledgeable but at the same time, curious about how to get better at basketball." With no less than team owner Wilfred Uytengsu in attendance for the honor, longtime Alaska public relations manager CK Kanapi told's Gerry Ramos that the honor bestowed upon dela Cruz was not a formal jersey retirement, unlike the likes of former players Jeff Cariaso, Bong Hawkins, import Sean Chambers, Jojo Lastimosa, and three-time MVP Bogs Adornado. __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

PBA: Alaska suspends Abueva for going AWOL

Calvin Abueva is suspended. Alaska has suspended its star forward for missing team activities for more than a week. In a statement by owner Wilfred Uytengsu, the Aces is putting the Beast on the shelf for the meantime. The suspension is indefinite and effective immediately. Read the full statement below:   "The Alaska Aces have placed Calvin Abueva on indefinite suspension following his more than one week absence from practice and failing to advise the coaching staff and management of his whereabouts. While we understand Calvin may be going through some troubling personal issues, it does not obviate his responsibility to his team. The suspension is effective immediately. Alaska, however, will allow Abueva to play for Gilas if Coach Chot Reyes chooses to use him in the line up. Wilfred Steven Uytengsu"   After the PBA All-Star break, Abueva never reported to Alaska and missed the Aces' win last week over Blackwater. At the time, head coach Alex Compton said that Abueva was dealing with "personal issues." Calvin also missed time in the Philippine Cup due to similar reasons. Alaska is currently doing well in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, sporting a 5-1 record just behind Rain or Shine (7-1) and TNT (6-1). --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Calvin Abueva missing from Alaska camp anew

Calvin Abueva has gone missing from Alaska's reach for the second time this season. Head coach Alex Compton said Saturday the Aces camp have not seen or heard from forward since the All-Star break despite their efforts to reach him. "Calvin, I hope you're okay," said Compton at Smart Araneta Center after their 109-103 victory over Globalport in the PBA Commissioner's Cup. "He hasn't shown up to practice since the All-Star break and we've been reaching out to him." This isn't the first time Abueva went missing as he was also absent in the Aces' and even the Gilas' practice sessions in January and February. As it turned out, Abueva was fixing his marriage when he went mi...Keep on reading: Calvin Abueva missing from Alaska camp anew.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

PBA: Aces erase 15-point deficit to win 5th straight game

Alaska is still on a roll. The Aces erased a 15-point deficit Saturday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, beating Globalport, 109-103, at the Big Dome. Alaska flipped the switch late in the third period and pulled away in the fourth, completing the 21-point turnaround. With the win, the Aces' fifth straight, Alaska moved to 5-1 in the standings. "I love the grit and I expected that we’d need it this game," head coach Alex Compton said. "I think GlobalPort is the grittiest teams in the league. They’re physical, they play hard," he added. Globalport got of to a quick 9-0 start right from the opening tip. The Batang Pier led by as many as 15 in the first half, 54-39. Behind Vic Manuel and Chris Banchero, the Aces bounce back in the second half. Before the third quarter was over, Alaska was already up by two, 85-83. Alaska pulled away in the fourth, taking a 12-point lead, 105-93, before holding on for a six-point win. Manuel led the way for Alaska with 22 points while Banchero finished with 19 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Import Antonio Campbell added 18 points and 18 boards. For Globalport (3-4), Malcolm White scored 27 and Stanley Pringle dropped 26 points.   The Scores: Alaska (109): Manuel 22, Banchero 19, Campbell 18, Casio 12, Racal 10, Thoss 8, Teng 8, Enciso 6, Exciminiano 3, Magat 3 GlobalPort (103): White 27, Pringle 26, Anthony 16, Nabong 12, Javelona 7, Grey 6, Tautuaa 5, Elorde 4, Sargent 0, Teng 0, Araña 0 Quarter scores: 20-29, 50-59, 85-83, 109-103 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018